Tidings from the East
Recently I was looking through some quotes from legendary basketball and life coach John Wooden. He is known for many inspiring statements, but as a Mason one stood out to me: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
Think of the character our Grand Master Hiram Abiff He is the central figure in the Master Mason degree. He sacrificed his life to uphold his obligations and to protect the secrets of Masonry. What was the nature of his character and what did we as Masons learn from him?
As Masons we are always striving to improve ourselves and the people around us. We are teaching our candidates and our brethren the importance of the symbolism in the Craft, to build our character as men and Masons.
It is our goal to improve ourselves, so when the time comes and our character is put to the test, we will be up to the challenge to do what we believe is right, and not simply what others think is the right thing to do.
As Master of the Lodge it’s my job to make sure we officers perform the work to the highest standard, to make a difference in the lives of our members and candidates, to impress upon their minds the time tested truths that have built the character of Masons throughout our history.
I encourage you to take an active part in the development of our Lodge and the character we are building for all our members.
Steve Melnick P.M.